Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! New Fellowship Applications Available Now

Portland Bureau of Development in Oregon Seeking City Planner

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City Planners II with a Land Use Specialty perform advanced professional land use planning and project coordination duties, applying advanced land use planning knowledge to assignments and to the coordination of multiple complex projects or processes from inception to completion, using computer applications and software pertaining to the work.

The Land Use Services Division of BDS currently has a 2-year, limited-term position available. Duties include administering the zoning code through review of development proposals, and providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process.

The Enforcement Division of the Inspections Division has a permanent position available. Duties and responsibilities include processing and investigating increasingly complex zoning enforcement complaints, i.e. environmental, tree cutting, site excavation, erosion control and/or grading disturbances, large signs, Central City Parking review, Vending/Food Cart pods, and Land Use conditions. Other duties include performing permit inspections for Development Review & Zoning Permits, posting Stop Work Order notices, providing feedback and direction to Code Specialists II & III and Housing Inspectors on zoning-code related questions and enforcement actions.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) Seeking ELL Program Specialist, Due 9/9

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The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is looking for a Program Specialist who is a strategic, results driven, and a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees.

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was established in 2012 with the mission to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic and cultural life. In order for the department to realize its goals and objectives, we have an opportunity to bring in an experienced Program Specialist who will work with the OIRA team to develop and implement programs that build equity for immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle and establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration.

Reporting to the OIRA Director, you will utilize your program development experience to cultivate and coordinate a City-wide English Language Learner (ELL) initiative to address the unmet needs in ESL programming in our region. The city’s new ESL program is currently in development, so you will be responsible for managing the successful planning and implementation this innovative program.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads! WildEarth Guardians Seeking Public Lands Director, Due 10/1

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The Public Lands Director is responsible for developing and implementing a national program to protect and restore public lands, engaging a diverse set of strategies, including legislation, government affairs, and litigation. This position will implement campaigns to further WildEarth Guardians’ mission, as primarily related to national forest lands.

This position reports to the Wild Places ​Program ​Director and is located in Denver, CO or Missoula, MT.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Applications Available for 2015-2017 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowhip, Due 10/15

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Applications are currently being accepted from students entering or in their third year of law school for the Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship ‐ an exciting, two‐year, public interest fellowship opportunity. The Fellowship is a full‐time position; we are accepting applications for the term beginning September, 2015 and ending August 2017.

The Fellow will be placed at the Empire Justice Center, a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  The Fellow will work with advocates in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester, New York office representing low‐income clients in complex areas of litigation and other types of advocacy.

The Fellowship is being funded in memory of Hanna S. Cohn, a remarkable attorney who began her 25‐year career in poverty law as a public interest fellow. Hanna was the Executive Director of Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP) a pro bono program that, because of Hanna’s leadership, is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

New Fellowship Offering Available to Recent Grads, The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship

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The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship, part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian Country jurisdictions.  The Fellowship is named in honor of Department of Justice attorney, the late Gaye L. Tenoso. Gaye’s distinguished service to the Department and the people it serves spanned 30 years.

Each Indian Country Fellowship position offers a 36-month appointment that may be extended or converted to a permanent position. Fellows will generally be assigned to a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) with significant Indian Country work, but may have the opportunity to be assigned to a Main Justice Component with significant equities in Indian Country matters and law.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Position Opening as Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator for Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, Open Until Filled

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The Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator facilitates off-site and evening legal clinics, provides support to attorneys volunteering in off-site and evening clinics, oversees late afternoon and evening non-attorney volunteers and performs regular data input to keep client records up to date.

This is a part-time position, 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 time, hours and schedule to be determined and will remain flexible.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Still Looking for Summer Positions? Internships in Family Law, Women’s Rights, Environmental Justice & More!

Seattle Public Utilities’ Environmental Justice and Service Equity Offers One-Year Paid Internship, Due 5/6City of Seattle Logo

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking one intern at either the undergraduate or graduate level to learn about and support the Environmental Justice and Service Equity (ESJE) Division staff in achieving its business objectives, service equity goals and SPU’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) work plan objectives. Priority focus areas for this division include Equity Planning and Analysis, Women and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) program, and the Environmental Justice Network in Action (EJNA) program. The intern will report to various program leads.

There is one internship opportunity available and will be filled at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The projected start date for this internship is mid-to-late-May. This internship is for up to 18 months or graduation, whichever comes first. We require a 1-year commitment for this intern opportunity.

Under “Student Opportunities,” Job number: 2014-00414

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 2Ls!  Equal Rights Advocates Seeks Last Minute Law Clerk for Summer 2014, Apply Now!

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Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, policy and direct services.

Law Clerks have the unique opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit women’s rights law firm. ERA has been fighting for women’s equality through litigation and advocacy for 39 years. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks staff our advice and counseling hotline. They interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks also assist with impact litigation and legislation by conducting research and writing assignments; attending court hearings, depositions, and internal litigation strategy sessions; and working with ERA lawyers on legislative advocacy. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination and women’s rights.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Office of the Federal Defender, Eastern District of California Seeking Assistant Federal Defenders in Sacramento and Fresno, Due 5/16

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The Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California is seeking applications for the
position of Assistant Federal Defender for its Sacramento Office. More than one selection may be
made from this announcement. The Office of the Federal Defender operates under authority of the
Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide legal representation in federal criminal cases and
related matters in the federal courts.

An Assistant Federal Defender provides zealous, professional legal representation to indigent persons
charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit. Responsibilities include managing an extensive caseload with cases at varying
stages of litigation; preparing pleadings, briefs, and motions; appearing on behalf of clients in court
hearings and at other related proceedings; reviewing various documents; developing litigation strategies;
meeting with clients, experts, witnesses, family members, and others.

For a complete job description of the position in Sacramento, click here.

For a complete job description of the position in Fresno, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls!  KCBA Still Seeks Family Law Legal Intern/Extern for Summer 2014

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The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. This position will work directly with the Family Law Mentor Program which provides pro bono representation in contested dissolutions, petitions to establish parenting plans, and parentage cases where children are at risk often due to domestic violence.

This volunteer position requires a minimum of 7 hours a day, 3 days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays), for 10 weeks.

Second or third year law student, law school graduate, or certified paralegal. Experience working with survivors of domestic violence or other people in crisis, as well as fluency in Spanish or another non-English language is preferred.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Children’s Alliance Seeking to Hire Health Policy Associate

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The Health Policy Associate supports the Children’s Alliance’s goal to ensure that all children in Washington have access to the health coverage and care they need to grow and thrive. The Children’s Alliance is guided by a deep commitment to enhancing equity and erasing health disparities faced by children in low income families and children of color. Working with the Health Policy Director, this position will combine public policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Focus areas are maximizing the benefits of coverage through Apple Health for Kids, and effectively implementing the Affordable Care Act in a manner that will improve children’s health.

This 25-37.5 hour per week position is based in our Seattle office. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule is required. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The position reports to the Health Policy Director and is a member of the Children’s Alliance policy staff. Salary is based on a full time salary of $42,000/yr. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. Desired starting date is June 1 or earlier if possible.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

The Garment Worker Center Seeks to Hire Part-Time Health & Safety Organizer in Los Angeles, Due 5/20 (early submissions encouraged)

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Founded in 2001, the Garment Worker Center is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice.  GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job. GWC’s goal is to build a base of organized garment workers in Los Angeles, with sufficient power to successfully demand change within the industry.  In its 13 year history, GWC continues to be the only worker center in the state dedicated entirely to garment workers.

GWC seeks a part-time (20 hours) Health and Safety Organizer who can coordinator GWC’s health and safety plans, build GWC’s membership base of workers, manage garment worker health and safety claims through an effective referral system, collaborate in an ongoing study of the local garment industry, participate and represent GWC in coalitions and networks, and support fundraising efforts and other GWC activities as needed.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit Symplicity.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Policy Fellowship Opportunity Available for Law Grads, Apply Now

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An Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) policy fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Policy and Assurances, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Qualified persons who have earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree in public health, public policy, law or science within the last five years are encouraged to apply for this opening. Experience in writing papers that address specific aspects of the protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research is a plus. 

The Research Participation program for HHS is administered by ORISE. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OHRP contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. 

For complete fellowship details and application instructions, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL), Appellate Section Offering Volunteer Legal Internship Program in DC for Spring 2015, Due 7/21

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The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an appellate and a district court section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. OIL Appellate attorneys handle removal cases in the Courts of Appeals, and support the Office of the Solicitor General’s immigration litigation efforts in the United States Supreme Court. OIL Appellate provides advice and counsel to United States Attorneys’ offices prosecuting criminal immigration issues that overlap with the office’s civil litigation. OIL Appellate provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in the admission, regulation, and removal of aliens under our immigration and nationality statutes, as well as related areas of border enforcement and national security, and participates in public outreach activities, including training, conferences, and publications. OIL Appellate has approximately 260 attorneys and 100 support staff and handles approximately thirty percent of the Civil Division’s caseload.

Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will: draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions; write case summaries for weekly litigation reports; attend “First Cuts” meetings; and conduct legal research and prepare memoranda.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

The Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship, Application Opens 7/31, Deadline 9/1

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The Attorney General’s Indian Country Fellowship is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian County jurisdictions.

Each Indian Country Fellowship position offers a 36-month appointment that may be extended or converted to a permanent position.  Fellows will generally be assigned to a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) with significant Indian Country work, but may occasionally be assigned to a Main Justice Component with significant equities in Indian Country matters and law.  Fellowship appointments may, at the hiring component’s discretion, be extended or converted to permanent positions without further competition. This year’s Indian Country Fellowship will offer placement only in USAOs.  Candidates will interview with a joint panel of attorneys from the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) and USAOs.  Candidates who receive an offer of employment will be able to select their assignment preferences from the list of participating Districts.  Actual placement will be mutually agreed upon by the Fellow and the District.  In addition to the joint EOUSA/USAO selections, individual USAOs may offer additional Indian County Fellowship positions at their discretion, with hiring conducted according to their regular procedures.

For a complete fellowship description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Legal Services Corporation Seeking Program Counsel with 5+ Years Experience

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Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 134 independent, nonprofit legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.

Under the general direction of the Director of the Office of Program Performance (OPP) or his or her designee, works with grantee programs to provide programmatic oversight and to improve the delivery of quality legal services to the eligible population. Assists programs to improve and expand the development of innovative, comprehensive, and effective best practices and solutions. Extensive travel is required. This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 135.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

American Bar Association Seeks Editor to Work in Chicago, Illinois

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This position manages the editorial operations of multiple ABA publications (which may include: books, magazines, newsletters, journals, annuals, and e-newsletters). Responsible for management, budgeting, scheduling, editing, production, and distribution of legal content. Work includes heavy involvement with some or all of the following: publishing and/or marketing staff, member editorial boards, section/bar leadership, and authors. May involve hiring and directing of freelance writers, copyeditors, and proofreaders, manuscript soliciting and development, writing, developing editorial policies & procedures, and legal research.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

United States Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Offers Student Academic Internship Program (SAIP) in Washington, DC

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) conducts public education, outreach, complaint investigation and resolution, and other compliance activities to ensure that people living in the United States have equal access to health care in all HHS-funded programs without facing unlawful discrimination or impermissible disclosure or use of protected health information.

OCR enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination by health care and human service providers that receive funds from DHHS. Such laws include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Community Service Assurance Provisions of the Hill-Burton Act, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

For a complete job description of the available internship positions, click here.

Friday Special- Too Many Great Opportunities to Pass Up!

Council on American-Islamic Relations Has Immediate Opening for Civil Rights Associate for WA State Chapter

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The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking a goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key Civil Rights Associate (CRA) position. The civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to effect positive societal changes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Case management/resolution
    • Oversee cases of religious discrimination, profiling, and denial of religious accommodations, spanning across law enforcement, employment, education, immigration, vandalism, hate crimes, and jail/prison conditions.
    • Ensure follow-through with offending parties and clients, and assertively pursue full resolution.
    • Maintain databases and metrics about abuses reported to CAIR-WA.
    • Develop civil rights department’s procedures and capabilities, e.g.: investigation skills and protocols; case management process (intake/documentation/review).
    • Expand referral network for cases outside of CAIR-WA’s scope.
    • Effectively manage 2-3 competent civil rights interns and/or volunteers to maximize department capacity.
  • Develop winning advocacy strategies
    • Develop strategies such as advocacy letters/meetings, media work, and network of volunteer attorneys.
    • Develop strategic relationships with senior government, law enforcement, and other officials to drive desired outcomes and policy changes.
    • Collaborate with civil rights activists nationally, across CAIR chapters and partner organizations, to ensure the local success of nationwide campaigns or mutually beneficial efforts.
    • Partner with the executive director to maximize media exposure and public awareness of CAIR-WA’s efforts, including drafting press releases, speaking at press conferences, and aggressively pursuing positive media opportunities related to casework.
  • Community education
    • Seek opportunities to deliver “know your rights” presentations and information at schools, organizations, and religious institutions to increase case reporting.
    • Produce monthly online digests and case studies, and an annual report to inform the public of CAIR-WA’s civil rights efforts and to encourage reporting of cases by the community.
    • Proactively maintain contact with mosques and community organizations across the Northwest to ensure public safety and increase case reporting.
    • Contribute to CAIR-WA’s social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.

Paid Farmworker Justice Internships with Columbia Legal Services

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Columbia Legal Services seeks up to three farm worker justice interns who will work on farm worker advocacy cases and projects in one of the following offices: Kennewick, Yakima and, if funding is available, Olympia.  All applicants must have the ability to communicate effectively in verbal Spanish.  The Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project funds successful applicants at $5,500 for the 10-12 week internship.

The Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice interns will support the advocacy of the CLS Projects as they relates to farm workers. Working as part of a statewide outreach team, the interns will participate in efforts to educate farm workers about their basic employment rights and other relevant topics through visits to farmworker housing, presentations and meetings with community groups, and radio advocacy. The interns will also do legal research, prepare written memoranda, and provide support for litigation, legislative or administrative advocacy on behalf of farm workers.  Every effort will be made to provide interns with the opportunity to work on an advocacy project on behalf of an individual worker or family and therefore the intern will likely have some opportunity to work on client interviewing skills.

Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

University of Baltimore School of Law Seeks Family Law Clinical Teaching Fellow

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The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in its Family Law Clinic to start on or around July 1, 2014. This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to law school clinical teaching.

The Family Law Clinic represents low-income individuals and organizations in domestic violence and family law litigation, legislative advocacy, legal reform and community education.  The Clinic handles a wide variety of cases, which include civil protection order, divorce, custody, support, adoption, paternity, Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases and name changes.  The Family Law Clinic is dedicated to serving low income clients residing in Baltimore City, and places a special focus on persons subjected to abuse and the LGBTQ community.

The Fellow’s duties include direct supervision of clinic students’ client, case, legislative advocacy and community education work, co-teaching a weekly clinic seminar, and engaging in course planning and preparation with the other faculty members in the Family Law Clinic.  Fellows also have the opportunity to pursue other professional goals, including scholarship, during the Fellowship.  Fellows are responsible for case coverage during school vacations.  This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.

Applications accepted on rolling basis through January 17. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Paid Education Equity/Justice Summer Internship through the Southern Education Leadership Initiative


Southern Education Foundation aspires to develop the next generation of education policy leadership, and since 2004 has provided trainings and paid summer fellowships to a diverse and inspired group of 165 college and graduate level students interested in working with nonprofits and foundations to make systemic changes in Southern education policy and practice.

Summer Fellows Receive:
  • Experience: an opportunity to work for eight weeks in an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education e.g., a policy institution, community-based organization or philanthropic institution;
  • Stipend: a living expense stipend of $4,000 (for undergraduate juniors or graduating seniors), or $4,500 (for graduate students who will have completed at least one term by June 1, 2014);
  • Travel: all airfare/car mileage expenses associated with traveling to and from SEF trainings to summer placement site (assistance also provided by SEF in making travel arrangements);
  • Trainings: Fellows are provided pre- and post-placement trainings (Orientation and Closing Meeting) that expose them to research in the field, stress the importance of civic engagement, teach strategies for making change, and provide opportunities to meet and learn from inspiring leaders involved in education leadership and advocacy efforts. At the Closing Meeting, fellows will present their work to their peers, reflect, and brainstorm how to take the lessons learned from this experience back to their communities. Attendance is required for both meetings in full.
  • Fellowship Placement: guidance and supervision provided by seasoned sector leaders to work on challenging research, education policy, and nonprofit program related projects.
Read more and access application here. Applications accepted through February 28.

The National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College Seeks Program Attorney njc-logo

The National Judicial College seeks a team-oriented individual to fill the position of program attorney for the National Tribal Judicial Center.  Under the supervision of the Director of NTJC, program attorney responsibilities include developing academic courses on a variety of topics and issues in the area of tribal judicial education, preparing course materials, planning and conducting courses, and seeking further funding to support the work of the National Tribal Judicial Center and other NTJC projects.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Develops, implements and continually strives to improve continuing education programs for tribal judges.  Identifies, recruits, develops and evaluates faculty.  Assists faculty with production of course materials.  Drafts publications for use by tribal court systems.   Writes, solicits and edits articles regarding tribal systems for publication.  Drafts curricula and grant applications to support tribal programs.  Assists with marketing and program development of the National Tribal Judicial Center.  Establishes strong networks within Indian Country.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.